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2005-12-08 20:26:06

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian troops guarding Japanese engineers in Iraq are likely to remain beyond their May deadline, Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday after Japan extended the mandate for its non-combat troops for up to a year. Australia, a strong ally of the United States, has about 1,300 military personnel in and around Iraq, including forces training the Iraqi military and 450 troops providing security for the Japanese military engineers in southern Al Muthanna...

2005-12-06 00:53:48

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - A row over an appointment to Australia's central bank has reopened divisions at the top of the government, and analysts said on Tuesday the controversy has hurt Treasurer Peter Costello's leadership ambitions. Costello has been under attack for the past week after it was revealed that businessman and government backer Robert Gerard had been locked in a lengthy dispute with the tax office in 2003 when Costello recommended him for the Reserve Bank...

2005-12-05 00:34:29

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - One of Saddam Hussein's former bodyguards is living in Australia after initially being refused a visa due to concerns he may have been involved in crimes against humanity, prompting criticism of the nation's immigration system. Prime Minister John Howard said on Monday that Oday Adnan Al Tekriti arrived illegally by boat in 1999 but was denied a visa by the immigration department in September 2000 after admitting to belonging to Saddam's special...

2005-12-03 21:07:52

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard backed away from initiating a campaign to try to end the death penalty in Asia, as the family and lawyers of an Australian drug trafficker executed in Singapore arrived home with his body. The plane carrying Nguyen Tuong Van's coffin landed in Melbourne early on Sunday morning, along with Nguyen's mother Kim and twin brother Khoa. The 25-year-old was hanged on Friday for carrying 400 grams (0.9 lb) of heroin while in transit...

2005-12-01 21:16:56

CANBERRA (Reuters) - The execution of an Australian drug smuggler in Singapore should serve as a warning to other young Australians, Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday as church bells tolled and tears were shed for Tuong Van Nguyen. Nguyen was hanged shortly before dawn (2200 GMT) in Singapore for smuggling 400 grams (0.9 lb) of heroin from Cambodia through the city-state's Changi airport in 2002 in a case that has polarised and divided Australians. "I hope the strongest...

2005-11-25 01:45:06

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard faces opposition from all sides but is still expected to succeed in pushing through contentious workplace reforms and tough anti-terror laws starting next week. While Howard holds the most powerful government mandate in nearly 25 years, his government's popularity is falling and he is facing a revolt from his backbench on Australia's effective ban on the abortion drug RU486. He is also under public...

2005-11-24 03:43:46

By Michelle Nichols and Jan Dahinten CANBERRA/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Australia will not punish Singapore over the planned execution of an Australian drug smuggler, Prime Minister John Howard said on Thursday ahead of protests around the country to oppose the December 2 hanging. Howard rejected calls by a prominent government politician for the hanging of Nguyen Tuong Van, 25, to be taken into account in the Canberra government's deliberations on whether to grant Singapore Airlines...

2005-11-09 22:31:50

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Southeast Asian militant network Jemaah Islamiah will not be crippled by the death of one of its most wanted members, but it will be a huge advance in the war on terrorism, Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Thursday. Malaysian Islamic militant Azahari Husin is believed to have blown himself up on Wednesday after a gunbattle with Indonesian police in the town of Batu in East Java province. He is considered to be the brains behind...

2005-11-08 18:48:32

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Prime Minister John Howard reassured Australia's Muslims on Wednesday that they were not the target of planned tough new anti-terrorism laws after police arrested 17 men on charges of planning terrorist attacks. Muslims and civil liberties groups said the arrests in Melbourne and Sydney on Tuesday, which police said had disrupted a plot for a "catastrophic" attack, proved that the country's current laws were adequate. The arrests made headlines around the country...

2005-11-03 23:23:01

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Sydney's harbor bridge and Opera House are among a range of possible targets linked to intelligence about potential terror attacks in Australia, newspapers said on Friday. Prime Minister John Howard has said Australia received intelligence this week about a "terrorist threat," but refused to give any details on Friday, saying to do so would compromise police and security agency investigations. Australia, a staunch U.S. ally with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan,...